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Catalina Island is a picture perfect paradise located 22 miles off the mainland of Southern California. Home to more than 60 plant, animal, and insect species found nowhere else in the world, the island's ecosystem includes a unique variety of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fungi, lichens, and other forms of life. Tour the backcountry of Catalina and learn about the uniqueness of the Island's Conservancy land management.
We've designed a day meant to inspire and relax you. Get away from the fast pace of life. Escape to Catalina. Your day will start with a boat ride from Newport Beach to the quaint seaside village of Avalon. Upon arrival, set off on a two-hour Jeep Eco Tour in the heart of the Catalina Island Conservancy's land. Your driver is a trained naturalist who will fill you in on everything you want to know about Catalina Island—history, flora, fauna, and more! Visit the James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery located in Middle Ranch Canyon and meet with Plant Conservation Manager, Peter Dixon. After your visit, journey across the top of the island down into the Wrigley Memorial Botanic Gardens where you'll be served a boxed lunch and take a tour of the gardens, started by Mrs. Ada Wrigley, wife of chewing gum magnate and former Chicago Cubs owner, William Wrigley, Jr. Wrap up the day with some free time in downtown Avalon before you take the boat back to Newport Beach where your bus will transfer you back to the Disneyland hotel.